New data shows COVID-19’s impact on Australians’ personal finances, including debt and insurance

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 16-Dec-20

New data from Roy Morgan shows the financial impact COVID-19 has had on Australians. Almost six million Australians (28%) have had their employment negatively impacted by COVID-19 and 51% of them made resulting changes to their personal finances, as did many whose employment was not impacted directly. Throughout September and October, more than 7,000 Australians were surveyed about changes they had experienced in their employment since March and about the impact on their payments of mortgage, rent, insurance, utility bills, credit cards and personal loans. Some 28% of respondents (5.9 million Australians) reported experiencing one or more negative employment changes. Of those who have experienced negative employment changes due to COVID-19, (51.0% reported reducing housing and insurance payments or utility bills, cutting back on debt repayment, and/or making early-release withdrawals from their superannuation. In all, 27.3% of all Australians, including those who did not experience employment changes, made such changes to their finances due to the impact of COVID-19. The single largest financial change was early access to superannuation. The option was taken up by almost 10% of all Australians, and by 18.5% of those who experienced negative employment changes due to COVID-19.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

2020 Christmas retail sales set to grow 2.8% to $54.3 billion

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 20-Nov-20

Roy Morgan’s annual Christmas retail sales forecasts conducted in conjunction with the Australian Retailers Association indicate that Australians will spend over $54.3 billion across retail stores during the Christmas trading period. Forecast retail spending this Christmas of over $54.3 billion is an increase of 2.8% from the $52.9 billion of retail expenditure during the 2019 Christmas trading period and is a better than expected forecast than many would have thought possible during the year as Australia dealt with the unprecedented pandemic. Because of the huge impact on spending patterns caused by COVID-19, and the associated lockdowns around Australia, spending across the six categories measured has diverged significantly during 2020. Unsurprisingly, the largest percentage increasing in spending is predicted for the Food category, with pre-Christmas spending forecast to grow by 10% from a year ago to over $23.8 billion. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the continuing restrictions, Hospitality spending is forecast to be 18.7% down on a year ago at just under $6.1 billion.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN RETAILERS ASSOCIATION

News from the Spirit World

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 4-Nov-20

There are 4.7 million NEO (new economic order) consumers in Australia, characterised by very high discretionary spending coupled with a forward-thinking mindset. This influential group of consumers is driving the consumer-led fast lane of Spirits sales. However, the price of premium Spirits is not the main consideration for these consumers. A distinctive mindset is just as important as money in identifying NEOs and understanding what they love. NEOs look for a complete experience. In Spirits as in their other purchases, they seek a narrative that combines artisanal authenticity with innovation, a product that is premiumised, not commoditised. Data from Roy Morgan Single Source shows that Spirits brands which can deliver this rich experience reap the rewards. By contrast, marketing premiumised Spirits by generation is a wasted effort. Roy Morgan data shows premium gin Bombay Sapphire became highly successful by appealing to the NEO mindset: over the past year, just 26% of Bombay Sapphire drinkers were Millennials, while 84% were NEOs & Aspiring NEOs – of all ages. This story is repeated across other Spirits brands.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Travel industry eyes Consumer Confidence index as new report shows close link to holiday intentions

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 28-Oct-20

Newly-released Roy Morgan data shows just how closely travel intentions are linked to Consumer Confidence. With gains in Confidence continuing, the Travel and Tourism industry will be hoping to see Australians’ holiday intentions start to climb out of the chasm caused by COVID-19. The latest Roy Morgan Leading Indicator: Holiday Travel Intention report shows that during the April to June quarter, a period in which the full scale of the pandemic’s effect was becoming apparent, 5.79 million Australians said they intended to take a holiday in the next 12 months. This is well under half the 13.2 million who had that intention in the equivalent quarter of 2019. The report measures intention to travel in the short- to mid-term, rather than simply recording past trips – by doing so it allows the industry to plan strategically. The data is drawn from Single Source, the country’s largest, deepest and longest-running repository of information on consumer behaviour. It shows that people’s intention to travel over the next 12 months is tightly linked to the confidence they are feeling in the overall economy.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Nearly 2.5 million Australians using TikTok – up over 850,000 (+52.4%) during first half of 2020

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 15-Oct-20

The latest Roy Morgan data shows that nearly 2.5 million Australians are using TikTok in an average four weeks – equivalent to 10.5% of the population aged 6 years and older. TikTok has grown its user base by over 850,000 (+52.4%) during the first half of 2020 to be easily the fastest growing social media company in Australia this year in terms of user growth. TikTok has a predominantly female user base, with 1.5 million women and girls now using the popular site, up over 380,000 (+34.3%) since the second half of 2019. In comparison, 985,000 men and boys now use TikTok, up more than 470,000 (+91.6%), and with male use of the service now growing faster. TikTok is also far more popular among younger Australians. Over a quarter of Australians in the youngest Generation Alpha (28%) are now using TikTok – a total of 746,000 Young Australians. Generation Alpha comprises those born from 2006 until today. There is also a significant TikTok user base among the slightly older Generation Z (born 1991-2005) with over 1,040,000 Australians (20%) in this age group now using the new short video service.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, TIKTOK

Brisbane Roar is the most widely supported A-League club

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 15-Oct-20

The Brisbane Roar has topped the Roy Morgan A-League supporters’ ladder with 508,000 fans. Support for the Roar is up 32,000 (+6.7%) on a year ago. 2019-20 champions Sydney FC are second in fan support, on 495,000 supporters, which is unchanged on last year. Clubs along with Brisbane Roar to experience an increase in support include Perth Glory with 355,000 supporters (up 8.6%), Adelaide United with 337,000 (up 3.4%) and Melbourne City with 187,000 (up 8.7%). Newcomers Western United have attracted 25,000 supporters during their first season. Melbourne Victory is once again Victoria’s leading club, and ranks third nationally in terms of support, with 443,000 fans. This represents a decrease of 15,000 people year on year (down -3.3%), as the Victory experienced their worst season on record to finish in second-last position.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, THE A LEAGUE PTY LTD, BRISBANE ROAR FOOTBALL CLUB PTY LTD, PERTH GLORY SOCCER CLUB PTY LTD, ADELAIDE CITY SOCCER CLUB, MELBOURNE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB, WESTERN UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB, MELBOURNE VICTORY FOOTBALL CLUB PTY LTD

It’s official: Internet is Australia’s main source of news; TV remains most trusted

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 24-Aug-20

New research from Roy Morgan reveals that the internet has overtaken TV as Australia’s main source of news over the last two years. Over 12.7 million Australians (60.8%) now say the internet is a main source of news, up 1.4 million since 2018; nearly 7.9 million Australians (37.7%) specifically nominate Social Media. The number of Australians who say TV is their main source of news has dipped 1 million over the last two years to 12.4 million, or 59.4%. However, TV is still regarded as the most trusted source of news by nearly 7 million Australians (33.4%). Other traditional media used widely as main sources of news include radio, nominated by 8.7 million Australians (41.9%) and printed newspapers, mentioned by 5.2 million (25.0%), although both have declined since 2018. Within the broader category of the internet over 3.4 million Australians (16.5%, a significant increase of 4.6% points since 2018) use news feed sites such as Google News, Apple News and Feedly, a further 1.8 million (8.6%) use email subscriptions or updates and 1.1 million (5.6%) use other websites or apps. These findings are drawn from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, Australia’s most comprehensive consumer survey, derived from in-depth interviews with 50,000 Australians each year.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

W-League grows TV viewership as Australia & NZ awarded hosting rights for 2023 Women’s World Cup

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 22-Jul-20

New research from Roy Morgan shows the W-League’s TV viewership is growing even as other Soccer competitions experienced viewership declines. A record high 879,000 Australians watch the W-League on TV, up 265,000 (+43%) on a year ago. However, the W-League’s TV viewership growth was not enough to make up for the declines in viewership for the FIFA World Cup, English Premier League, A-League and other forms of Soccer compared to a year ago. Now 4,098,000 Australians watch any of the listed Soccer competitions, down from 4,577,000 a year ago – a drop of 479,000 (-10%). The FIFA World Cup is easily the most popular Soccer competition on Australian TV with 3,391,000 viewers, although this is down 471,000 (-12%) on a year ago. Although the W-League is growing its TV viewership a concern for the local sporting authorities will be the decline in TV viewership for the men’s A-League, now with 1,748,000 viewers, down 305,000 (-15%) on a year ago. The local men’s competition has now been overtaken by the English Premier League which has a TV viewership of 1,794,000.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

NSW ski resorts the main game in town as Victorian border closes

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 15-Jul-20

For Australians (outside Victoria) wanting to enjoy some skiing this year the NSW ski resorts of Thredbo, Perisher/Smiggins and smaller resorts in the NSW Snowy Mountains are the only game in town with travel to Victoria closed until at least late August. The latest Roy Morgan data shows that 322,000 Australians plan on visiting one of the NSW Snowfields in the next two years. Over three-quarters of these prospective skiers and snowboarders (249,000) are from NSW/ACT, including 180,000 from Sydney and a further 69,000 from Country NSW/ACT. A further 60,000 people from the rest of Australia (Queensland, WA, SA, NT or Tasmania) plan on visiting one of the NSW Snowfields in the next two years. NSW borders remain open to residents of all these locations, although the return home might require a period of quarantine. The Victorian border closure will not have a big impact on the NSW ski resorts as only 13,000 potential skiers and snowboarders from the southern State plan on visiting one of the NSW ski resorts. Most Victorians prefer one of the local resorts. Of the 163,000 Victorians planning to visit a local ski resort in the next two years 134,000 (82%) are from locked down Melbourne and only 29,000 (18%) are from the still open Country Victoria.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED

Leakage and larceny as supermarkets compete, with online grocery shopping the next big battleground

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 8-Jul-20

Australians spent $94.6 billion in supermarkets in the year to March 2020. Data from Roy Morgan’s latest Fresh Food & Grocery Report shows that, between them, the Woolworths Group and the Coles Group took 67.5% of that total. Woolworths has the larger share of overall spend, but Coles isn’t too far behind. However, when it comes to online grocery shopping, which has shaped up as the next major battleground, the difference is marked. At ease buying many other things online, Australians have long preferred to do their grocery shopping in person. By March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, only 3% of the nation’s total supermarket spend was taking place online. Woolworths accounted for 57.4% of all online supermarket spending, compared to Coles’ 26.1%. The arrival of the pandemic turbocharged the move to online grocery-buying to such a degree that demand could not be met and services were temporarily restricted. With lockdown no longer in place except in specific Melbourne locations, shoppers have increasingly returned to physical locations throughout Australia, but it is likely that many of those who recently made the move to online groceries will continue to use that option, at least some of the time.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, COLES GROUP LIMITED – ASX COL, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW